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All posts tagged "Cape Town"

  • New launch: Easy web publishing via Synthasite

    Well, well, well. The boys and girls from Incubeta -- the PPC marketing company -- have been busy. They've launched Synthasite. I'm a bit late on this, but hey I was down in Cape Town for the World Association of Papyrus and it kept me busy. Synthasite has already got some good reviews from a couple of major sites around the world, including Mashable and Read/Write web. (The Vinny marketing machine has...

  • MySpace? What about all the money going into newspapers?

    Gavin O'Reilly, the president for the World Association of Newspapers, said on Tuesday morning in Cape Town, that while there was so much hype about the Myspace acquisition by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, it should be noted that he was also pouring money into the newspaper industry at the same time. So even though "everyone got terribly excited" over Murdoch's Myspace purchase, it should be pointed out that he also invested more than...

  • Demise of the newspaper greatly exaggerated

    At the World Association of Newspaper's conference in Cape Town, Anton Harber on journalism.co.za writes that it is "Not all doom and gloom from newspapers". Negative perceptions of the future of newspapers were challenged by a barrage of figures by Timothy Balding, CEO of the World Association of Newspapers, where he says: Newspapers in developing markets continue to increase circulation by leaps and bounds, and in mature markets are showing remarkable resilience against the...

  • The Times: SA's newest online publisher is live

    Don't know how official it is yet, but the new (South African) Times website is now live. I meandered over to the Sunday Times website, just before the clock struck twelve, which to my surprise, had become the new Times website. The design is similar to the old Sunday Times site. We're eagerly anticipating the new (South African) Times newspaper at the WAN conference here in Cape Town tomorrow. It was mentioned by...

  • Thabo Mbeki, SA president, refers to bloggers

    South African President Thabo Mbeki, in a speech about ten minutes ago this morning, referred to the citizen media revolution acknowledging the role of bloggers in South Africa and the world. He referred to bloggers almost interchangeably with journalists in his speech at the WAN conference in Cape Town. This is a newspaper conference mainly for the media, yet the president hinted at the influence and growth of blogging. I think its...

  • Digital media, freedom of the press & the youth

    Harnessing the power of digital media -- “There have been developments in the citizen media forum, which are posing real competition to traditional media”. How can publishers harness these challenges to be successful in the future media environment? Reporters should be watchdogs not lapdogs. Ensuring press freedom in Africa requires conviction from journalists. This was the theme of the Annual Press Freedom Round Table at the 14th World Editors Forum in Cape Town....

  • 'Newspapers are partners not enemies'

    Trevor Ncube, President of the Newspaper Association of South Africa and CEO of Mail & Guardian in South Africa, delivered an impassioned and brilliant speech calling on African leaders to understand the role that the press plays in society, and particularly on the African continent. He was speaking at the opening of the World Association of Newspapers Congress in Cape Town. "African leaders need to understand that vibrant newspapers are partners not enemies...

  • Citizen Journalism and the M&G Online

    Vinnie beat me to blogging this post (just what does he do all day???). So I'm going to link to his blog about it. We had an excellent citizen journalism submission which we also flagged on the M&G Online homepage on the recent fire in Cape Town's signal hill. Here are some of the other one's we've received. This in only a month we've run the news in photos. Mbeki and Dali Tambo Bishop Tutu Mandela...

  • The great convergence sideshow

    It's always been cheap and easy to publish on the web. Big professional, online publishers share the same medium as small-time, personal homepages. Online publishers typically publish at a lower cost than newspapers or magazines, making it an affordable option for shoestring publishers and budding entrepreneurs. It's why they are in the web business in the first place. (more…)

  • Surviving the great dot.con

    As Google embraces the stock exchange, many dot.com kids are rubbing their hands with glee at what could signal a return of the good times. Matthew Buckland has been through dot.boom and dot.bomb and spent lots on expensive therapy to forget it all, but here he reminisces. (more…)

  • Dotcom dating dollars

    When the internet arrived, people screamed let’s make lots of money. This new, interactive medium had the ability to deliver content to audiences in innovative ways and make money at the same time. Content would suck readers in, went the theory, and communities would form around these content genres. E-commerce areas would then be built around relevant content and wham bam thank you Ram, your community interacts and you have dotcom dollars....

  • Revenge of the amateurs

    Now South Africa has its own citizen journalism offering via Johnnic’s commendable reporter.co.za One of the first images of the Asian Tsunami crisis came from a Nordic tourist stuck on a rooftop in Phuket who MMSed it to a major news website, where it was immediately published. During the London bombings we saw grainy underground footage via evacuees’ cellphones. Here at home, e.TV recently received footage of shackfires in Cape Town via...

  • Cocking Up Convergence

    Let's start with the good news. We have a Convergence Bill. It has good intentions. It aims to promote the growth, diversity and the liberalisation of the communications industry. It aims to promote much-needed black empowerment in the sector. And it is generally an admirable attempt by government to ensure the laws of the country keep up with the supersonic pace of technological advancement. In a nutshell "convergence" is the techno buzzword that...